Re: (IAAC) Obj: M42. "The Orion Nebula" - Inst: Orion AstroView, 120mm EQ Refractor

--- Apache User <apache@atmob.org> wrote:
> ----
> Observation Poster: Barry Martasian
> <timetrav2@webtv.net>
> Observer: Barry Martasian
> Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
> Date/time of observation: January 25, 2002
> Location of site: Frosty Drew Observatory,
> Charlestown, Rhode Island (Lat , Elev SEA LEVEL)
> Site classification: Rural
> Sky darkness: 2 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
> Seeing: 3 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
> Moon presence: Major - gibbous or near object
> Instrument: Orion AstroView, 120mm EQ Refractor
> Magnification: 40X and 100X
> Filter(s): none
> Object(s): M42. "The Orion Nebula"
> Category: Emission nebula.
> Class: 
> Constellation: Orion
> Data: mag 2.9  size 
> Position: RA :  DEC :
> Description:
> This is on object I never get tired of looking at. 
> However there  are few words in the English language
> capable of describing this wonderful nebula so I no
> longer try.
> My  suggestion would be is to grab a pair of
> binoculars if you don't have a telescope and let
> your eyes enjoy the this gift. If you have a
> telescope consider yourself, "one lucky" person to
> own such a tool that would allow you the privilege
> of looking at this astronomical wonder.
> Sky conditions on this night were grim. Windy, Damp
> skies along with an almost a full Moon made
> observing any deep sky objects almost impossible.
> Even with that said M42 was a joy to explore.
> With the 40X eyepiece this target was somewhat
> inferior to the better and more powerful views of a
> 10X50 pair of binoculars. The bright wings of the
> nebula were still beautiful and appeared bluish. 
> Only three stars of the Trapezium (a Quadruple
> system) were visible. At 100X the  fourth star was
> easily seen and the background's contrast became
> richer, making us wish we could have put more power
> at the eyepiece.  Not the best view tonight but
> still very good.
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